Definition of muscle-bound in US English:



  • Having well-developed or overdeveloped muscles.

    ‘the muscle-bound bartender’
    • ‘Their books hold over 800 models ranging in age from 18 to 100 years old, and in style: sexy glamour models, tattooed ladies, muscle-bound jocks, biker boys and very curvy chicks.’
    • ‘The behemoth's neck was too stout and muscle-bound, though, for his choke-hold to be effectual.’
    • ‘Fast bowlers are supposed to be muscle-bound hunks who stride around with a permanent scowl, not cheerful lads with blonde highlights and a good sense of humour who end every sentence with ‘mate’.’
    • ‘It is, in short, not the sort of thing you'd expect a muscle-bound, tattooed bleeding lunatic to be publishing.’
    • ‘In those days, weight training was frowned upon as coaches thought it would make athletes muscle-bound, hampering performance.’
    • ‘Of course, there are two sides to every coin and not all bouncers are muscle-bound, impotent meatheads.’
    • ‘Now I know the stereotypical image of a bouncer is a muscle-bound ape with no brains but most of the time, once I explain I have cancer and the equipment is medicinal instead of recreational, I get whisked to the front of the queue.’
    • ‘With his cane, his downcast eyes, and bandy legged gait, he is the antithesis of Hollywood muscle-bound steroid cases.’
    • ‘Hampered by a name that was unpronounceable, together with a heavy accent, he was relegated to playing muscle-bound clods in a string of second-rate films.’
    • ‘Paul dreamt he was a strong, muscle-bound titan.’
    • ‘He is careful with his weightlifting, not wanting to get muscle-bound, which would rob him of the upper-body flexibility he needs to produce bat speed.’
    • ‘But they admit that the rewards for success are so great that athletes continue to pump up their already muscle-bound bodies to lift even heavier weights.’
    • ‘Though not exactly muscle-bound, he had a strong, athletic build.’
    • ‘For all his posturing, the Governator doesn't seem to understand that there's more to strength then simply being a muscle-bound gym bunny and posing in nothing but thong underwear and a thick coat of oil.’
    • ‘And we had some characters that were portly, rather than muscle-bound.’
    • ‘I certainly know that if I had to wear one of those tight pairs of shorts and parade around in front of the regular, muscle-bound gorillas who seem to live in fitness centres, I'm sure I'd begin to feel even more stressed out.’
    • ‘Lined up alongside bulkier, muscle-bound rivals, he looks like the underdog.’
    • ‘The other young man is not very tall, a bit too muscle-bound for my taste, and has that short spiky hair almost-shaved-at-the-side that I find most unattractive.’
    • ‘Contrary to what many believe, student-athletes on the football team are not the bunch of muscle-bound, barbaric bimbos that we are so often perceived to be.’
    • ‘The guy on the treadmill in front of me was muscle-bound, had a shaved head, and was wearing one of those tank tops with armholes cut down to his waist.’
    big, burly, heavy, tall, bulky, thickset, heavyset, chunky, strapping, powerfully built, hefty, muscular, brawny, muscly, husky, solid, powerful, sturdy, solidly built, broad-shouldered, strong, big and strong, rugged, herculean
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/ˈməsəl ˌbaʊnd//ˈməsəl ˌbound/